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What is Highways England?

by Oliver Newham, Senior Campaigner - Ancient Woodland on 16 January 2015

In short, a company being set up by the Government – courtesy of the Infrastructure Bill. Find out more about this new group will help delivery the new road building programme.

Barbastelle bat

Bat footage from the bomb shelter

by Hollie Anderson, PR Officer & Celebrity Liaison on 15 January 2015

Bats have been caught on camera while moving into renovated Stanton shelters at Tattershall Carrs wood, Lincolnshire.

Photograph of big bellied oak in England

V.I.Trees – how are we getting on?

by Jill Butler, Conservation Advisor on 15 January 2015

Since we started our V.I. Trees campaign in October thousands of you have supported us. Find out the latest.

Lesser celandine

Lesser celandine: A spring thermometer?

by Kate Lewthwaite, Citizen Science Manager on 13 January 2015

Lesser celandine is one of our best-loved early spring flowers. Start looking out for it now.

Geophilus carpophagus centipede

Life in the litter

by Kay Haw, Conservation Advisor on 12 January 2015

Fallen, rotting leaves are far from an unsightly mess. They’re thriving with life and home to myriad creatures.

Photograph of sunset over a tree and woodland.

Our top woods for magical winter walks

by Helen Keating, Content Manager on 23 December 2014

Experience woodland at its most wild and wintry, from a solitary stroll on a cold, crisp morning to a fun family adventure.

Frost on rosehips. Photograph, Nicholas Spurling

Is autumn just spring in reverse?

by Kylie Harrison Mellor, Citizen Science Officer on 16 December 2014

Spring events like tree leafing generally start in the south of the UK and move north, so Autumn does the opposite, right? Wrong! Here's why autumn is a more complicated season.

Elder bud burst in winter. Photograph, Margaret Barton.

What to look out for in winter

by Kylie Harrison Mellor, Citizen Science Officer on 16 December 2014

The countryside may seem dormant at this time of year, but there are signs of spring to spot and record if you know where to look (and listen).

Group of Ancient Tree Forum tree recorders

Why are our Very Important Trees so special?

by Kaye Brennan, Senior Campaigner on 15 December 2014

Our long partnership with Ancient Tree Forum has involved a fascinating exploration into the UK's incredible tree heritage.

Base of a tree trunk

How safe are our nationally important trees?

by Jill Butler, Conservation Advisor on 12 December 2014

There are no more than a handful of ancient tree specialists in the UK. We're fortunate at the Woodland Trust to have Jill Butler to teach and inspire us about these incredible trees.